Besouro was a Shadow And Act Film Find feature in 2009, with a trailer that thrilled just about everyone who saw it – or at least, peaked interest. So, we’ve been on this one for awhile now, and you’ve had a few opportunities to watch it over the last 2 years - online screenings and festivals notably.
Long-time readers should be familiar enough with it, given the number of times I've talked about and plugged it.
I’ve seen Besouro twice, first on my computer screen; the second time in a theater, where it's best seen, and I thoroughly enjoyed it on both occasions, and strongly recommend it.
Lucky for you, the entire film has surfaced online, and I embedded it below for you to watch.
If you need a reminder… the story goes… As essentially an action movie set in 1920s Bahia, and based on the life of a legendary capoeirista from Bahia who uses the power of Candomble to fight the harsh conditions which, even post-abolition, the black population endured in Brazil, i>Besouro, tells the fantastic story of a young Afro-Brazilian man who became a symbol throughout all of Bahia for his bravery and loyalty, in defending the persecuted and oppressed.
João Daniel Tikhomiroff, directs.
Huan-Chiu Ku who directed the fight sequences in films like Kill Bill and The Matrix, does the same here, as the film features spectacular stunt sequences, with a soundtrack that includes Gilberto Gil.
I hope a USA distributor picks it up, and makes it widely available, at least on DVD. Glad to see it finally getting some stateside play, several years after it first surfaced! Although, the film really was made in 2004.
Watch the entire 95-minute feature film below (you may have to download the Divx player plugin, if your browser doesn't already have it: